The Lost Fleet: Beyond the Frontier: Dreadnaught by Jack Campbell
My rating: 2 of 5 stars
Jacket Blurb: The Alliance woke
Captain John "Black Jack" Geary from cryogenic sleep to take command of
the fleet in the century-long conflict against the Syndicate Worlds. Now
Fleet Admiral Geary's victory has earned him the adoration of the
people-and the enmity of politicians convinced that a living hero can be
a very inconvenient thing.
Geary knows that members of the
military high command and the government question his loyalty to the
Alliance and fear his staging a coup-so he can't help but wonder if the
newly christened First Fleet is being deliberately sent to the far side
of space on a suicide mission.
I'm not sure if my opinion of this book is colored by the thought I wasn't really in the mood to read a space opera or if is because this book was just plain dull. Probably a combination of both.
Our hero is now married and is sent off to the far reaches of Alien space by the Alliance as a way to get him out of the picture in a pure political move. Admiral Geary's is given an impossible mission, which is to survey and make contact with the alien race they call the enigmas. And oh, on your way out would he please stop by Syndic space and pick up these prisoners of war, which all happen to be high ranking fleet officers. All of our original cast is back: Captain Desjani (his new wife), Captain Duellos, ex-Co-President Rione, and several others.
This book plodded along and after a while I couldn't bring myself to really care what happened next - Rione was still being obtuse and difficult, Tanya was still questioning her honor for her feelings about Geary, the rescued officers wanted to rebel, the Fleet flew from spot to spot and fought a battle and nobody could figure out the aliens and their motives. Ultimately, I couldn't care enough about the characters or plot to finish and ended up skimming.
I've read reviews that Beyond the Frontier #2 is better, but whoo, it's going to take a lot for me to overcome my apathy to pick it up. Recommended with significant reservations.
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